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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Playlist - 29th April 2006

Congo Natty – Police in helicopter (Ray Keith remix) – DreadUK
Skream – Request line – Tempa
Early Man – war Eagle – Matador
About – Think Niles drink – Cock Rock Disco
Next Life – Transparent stone – Cock Rock Disco
Roger Eno/Plumbline – Transparency – Hydrogen Dukebox
Billy Dalessando – Slow rain – Resopal rsp
Covox – Your love is my leash – Sanshui
Meets Guitar – End of the road – Oof! Records
Hortense Ellis – I’m just a girl – Soul Jazz Records
King Stitt – Fire corner – Trojan
Bullwackies All Stars – Hurricane not I – Wackies
Harry Beckett – Unknown title from The Modern Sound of … On U Sound
Double 0 - Woman - DZR
The Wee DJs - 430 - Touchin Bass
Jimmy Edgar - Personal Information - Warp
cursor Miner - Exult - Lo Recordings
Mrs Cakehead - Porsche Incident (Chillum Forest) - Pumf
Superqueens - Mister, you're a lapdancer - Supermarket Records
salsa Celtica - Cuano Me Vaya - Discos Leon
Orchetsre Baka de Gbine - Boulez Boulez - March Hare Music
Cannonball Jane - Take it to Fantastic - Fortuna Pop
Loose Furs - Hey Chickens - Drag City
How to swim - Bones - Electric Honey Records

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Playlist - 22nd April 2006

Baikonour – Haiku to Shin Ken – Melodic
Battles – B+T – Warp
Prefuse 73 – Illiterate interlude/Keeping up with your quota – Warp
Four Tet – Sun, drums and soil – Domino
Tara Jane O’Neil – Tie a ribbon – Preservation
Pornsword Tobacco (Explains Freedom)
Susanne Brokesch – Heroes – Chicks on Speed
Alexander Tucker – Welsh harp – All Tomorrow’s Parties
Steffen Basho Junghans – IV – Preservation
Cat Power (The Greatest)
Guitar – Sunday afternoon at Tamagawa River – Onitor
King Tubby - The Roots Prophet and The Mix - Dove
John Cooper Clarke - I Don't Want to be Nice - Big Beat
Instituto Mexicano Del Sonido - Dub-A El tiempo muy largo - LoveMonk
Skin, Flesh and Bones meet The Revolutionaries -Third Cut Dub - Hot Pot
The Mahotella Queens - Siyancela - Wrasse Records - Wrass
Dayna Kurtz - Another Black Feather - Munich Records
Bettye Lavette - My Man - Munich Records - mUsa
sound Wave Formation -
Youngblood Brass Band - Nuclear Summer - Layered Music
Marlowe - Performance Monkey - PrObe Plus - Probe
Jegsy Dodd and the Sons of Harry Cross - So Here we Are - Probe
Mike Badger - Shadow Dub - Generator
Tunng - Woodcat - Full Time Hobby

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Playlist - 15th April 2006

Mix by Neil Robbins

mr fingers - deep tech 2 - white label
dj snotburger - snotann - fxhe records
regis asbestos - sleep archive remix - infrastructure new york
syncom data - horse - sd records
jeff mills - present age 12 inch - mk2 music
hek - poppadom preach - vmw
trefa - machines - mission 6277
white vinyl with tasteful tan coloured label no info
dj slip - everytime it takes a while - substatic
zachary lubin - introduction to algorithms - mission 6277
65d mavericks remix - cally 2 - sd
jeff mills from the 21st century part 2 - axis
jack fm - scene 5 - techno not techno
philus - ph - sahko
taylor deupree - tokei - audio.nl
sleep archive - radio transmission ep - sleep archive
ben gibson - sinovorta - mission 6277
counterpart - constant anxiety - mission 6277
rhythm and sound with raz donovan and raz perrez - let we go - burial mix
ryoji ikeda - data flex - rastanorton
doppler effekt - gravitation - gigalo
ladonna smith - rare earth - table of the elements
alva noto + opiate - opto files - rastanoton static
jean claude eloy - gaku no michi - musique francaise d'aujourd'hui
radio morroco - excerpt of berber women - sublime frequencies
john cale - carousel - table of the elements
luc ferrari - petit symphonie intuitive pour un paysage de printemps
bvhaast 9009
diskaholics anonymous trio - weapons of ass distruction - small town super jazz
jean claude eloy - gaku no michi - musique francaise d'aujourd'hui
sonic youth, su tim barnes - koncertas stan brakhage prisiminimui - syr 6
iannis xenakis - persephassa - prospective 21 siecle
cluster 71 - water
morton subotnic - sidewinder - columbia
dusk at new hope pennsylvania - syntonic research series - atlantic
Gabon les musiciens de la foret vol 1 - radio france
francois bayle - les bleu du ciel - prospective
patrice sciortino - le quatuor de pecussion de paris - compatible
Gabon musique des pygmees bibayak - baka bambuke - radio france
white out - china is near - atp
sahara musiques de la l'afrique traditionnelle - fantasia - sunset france
raga recueillis et enregistres a benares - bam
merzbow - sphere - tzadik
2000 statues - the english channel - parachute records
pygmees - bogongo et chant - playa sound

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Playlist - 8th April 2006

Skyy - Let's Turn it Out - Salsoul
Shock waves - Vampire Dance - Maximus International Records
Javier - Wassup - Capitol
Freedom - Get up and Dance - Malaco
The Pazant Brothers - Skunk Juice 1
Megan Rochell - The Only one your need - Def Jam
Shanice - tHAT'S THE WAY i lOVE yOU
skyy - Show me the way - Sussed
Kadenza - Let's Do It - PRT
Ronnie Hudson - East Coast Pop Lock
Instant Funk - It's Cool - Sussed
Public Annoucement - Stepper Friend
Moses McClean featuring Diamond Temple - Soul Groove Mix - Soul Groove Records
Lisa Hill - Iam on the real side - Boogie Times
Freda Payne - In Motion - Buddah Records
Ralp Tresvant - Love Hangover
Jerry Carr - Keep on Comin' Back - Cherie
Instant Funk - Bodyshine - Salsoul
The Pazant Brothers - Greasy Greens - BGP
Van Hunt - Character - EMI

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Playlist - 1st April 2006

Richard from Krispy in the studio

Brian Damage - Mad Truth featurng Mark Stewart - Jarring Effects
High Tone meets Wong Lei - Xu - Pias
Shackleton - Hypno Angel - Skull Disco
The Bug vs The Rootsman - Don't Version- Rephlex
Gotan Project - Domingo - XL Recordings
Don Drummond Junior - Sir Pratt special - Attack
Delroy Williams - Babylon Boy - Makasound
Jest - Bump This - CDR
Jokestar - This is Hip-Hop - CDR
Krispy - What we all about - CDR
Krispy - Hip-Hop Boy 200 - Damn Right
Fatman presents Prince Jammy vs. Crucial Bunny - Jammys A No Fool - Auralux
Ambassador - The Bridge - SixShooterRecords
Johnny Dowd - Praise God - Munich Records
Tres Chicas - Red - Yep Roc
Mc Mabon - Banc y Tarw du
B:dum B:dum - track 4
Fruit Bats - Death of Clayton Peacock - Vanguard
Henry Joiner, Annie Anderson - Hallelu, Hallelu - Rounder
Henry Thomas "Ragtime Texas" - Railroadin' some - old hat
Mark B and Delta - The Greater Good - K boro records
Bobby Kray feat Eek A Mouse - Main Man - Black Allianz

Dub Review - April 2006

One from last year just surfacing from France via an electronics market in Beijing, this is the same outfit who issued the Chinna Smith dub set from Mutabaruka’s ‘Check It!’ album. The African Brothers was the roots harmony vehicle for Sugar Minott, Tony Tuff and one Eric Bubbles. Their style came across between the Abyssinians and the Prophets, deep and sweet deliveries of conscious lyrics – their ‘Righteous Kingdom’ repressed on a seven last year is a stone cold roots classic. But don’t get too excited in anticipation of this set as it’s a curious mix of vinyl lifts and studio mixes for the version addict only. Tubbs is in great form on the desk with clean, crisp snappy mixes from his funkier side, but some of the tunes drop away like a studio monitor test mix or a ditched mixdown left on the quarter inch. Dubs of ‘Lead Us Heavenly Father’, ‘Hold Tight’, ‘Practice What You Preach’ are here plus, bizarrely, two seemingly identical mixes of ‘Party Night’ bearing different titles – ‘Party Dub’ and ‘Unity Dub’.

A versionist’s wet dream. In 1973 the raw nineteen year-old Big Youth was transcendentally schooled by the urbane Augustus ‘Gussie’ Clarke to conjure the toasts on his ‘Screaming Target’ debut set which for this re-issue are supplemented by original vocal and instrumental tracks plus alternate cuts. Highlights are ‘Pride and Joy Rock’ on Leroy Smart’s ‘Pride and Ambition’ and the title track whose complicated lineage can be traced back to Willie Cobbs r’n’b hit ‘You Don’t Love Me’, a tune that spawned limitless versions that continue replication even today, best known being Dawn Penn’s ‘No, No, No’, but on this album is represented by two Pablo instrumentals, the violin-laced ‘K.G.’s Half Way Tree’ and ‘Organ Style’ an achingly beautiful melodica melody. Repeating the achievement of his second generation predecessor U Roy, Jah Youth had seven single shots on the Jamaican charts at one time, his popularity eclipsed that of Bob Marley on his home territory, checking back on these performances it’s not difficult to understand as he captured everything that was exciting and fresh about DJ style.

An overdue rework of the mix CD format with Kode9 selecting the cuts and unleashing DJ partner the SpaceApe, the one time Daddi G, to sermonise on information perversion themes over segues and through whole tracks, and the rhythms are largely lifted from dubplates just dropped or about to drop from Skream, D1, DMZ crew including Loefah, older names Plascticman and Benga and some newer names or maybe riddim pseudonyms, Geiom, Random Trio, N-Type and Blackdown. Amongst the fresher tunes Calenda’s ‘Forever’ is a standout with swathes of orchestral, John Barryesque, samples replacing beats as the dominant driver whilst SpaceApe strings out a breathless paranoia rap through into Digital Mystikz’ ‘Heartless Ninja’ itself repeating and paying tribute to Skream’s fabulous fluttering riff from last year’s instant classic of the dubstep genre ‘Midnight Request Line’. It’s all tension built, compelling stuff – especially with the increasingly apocalyptic snatches pulled from SpaceApe lyrics - and takes the dubstep genre even further away from its origins in the South London-based garage movements from five years ago.

Little Roy is not one those reggae artists who has suffered from over-recording since his first appearance on the scene back in the late sixties. His ‘Tribal War’ and ‘Prophecy’ have proved timeless classics both versioned countless times. His earliest hit ‘Bongo Nyah’, cut for Lloyd Daley’s Matador label, appears on this new set and finds Little Roy in fine voice as does the whole of the album. A mix of well crafted new songs, especially ‘Membership Card’ with covers of older material is skewed by the inclusion of ‘Our Day Will Come’ and ‘My Sweet Lord’! This may seem baffling to the casual roots fan is the kind of ‘big people’ music befitting someone of Little Roy’s vintage - as opposed to the carefully honed righteous rage of some of today’s nu roots artists - it would just be much more preferable for him to select a couple of songs with less baggage. Backing comes from musicians assembled by Carlton ‘Bubblers’ Ogilvie of the Ruffcut Band and the other ‘bad card’ of On U Sound’s 2 Bad Card alongside Adrian Sherwood, Fish and Horsemouth make for one killer rhythm section.

Wayne ‘Lotek’ Bennett is a graduate of the tough old time London rap scene, regular collaborator with mentor Roots Manuva and driving force behind Lotek Hi-Fi, that’s along with vocalist Wayne Paul and rapper Aurelius aka Dazzla. The concept underpinning the album is a celebration of the host of largely black music styles that have been drawn into London via a common Caribbean heritage – so creating something uniquely ‘English’. Funk, hip hop, soca, disco, dancehall, reggae and dub are all unified in feel across this works. ‘Ram Dancehall’ is hip hop only in the sense of Ward 21’s mad chanted stylings as Lotek gruffly delivers the lyric in bizarre carnival style, ‘Time has Come’ features guest Sandra Melody in an outtake from ‘Tales of the Unexpected’ whilst ‘Move Ya Ting’ has both Sandra and Mr.Manuva guesting on a ragga-disco piece of nonsense and ‘Sticks and Stones’ relaxes back into the ‘chunka-chunka’ one drop pace of a true roots tune. Place alongside Roots Manuva’s ‘Awfully Deep’ as amongst the best in U.K. black contemporary music.

Remarkably this is the first vocal outing for Iration Steppers’ Mark Iration cut for Steve Vibronic’s Leicester based dubplate style imprint Scoops, where all is pressed on the format of choice these day – ten inch vinyl. Picking up the age-old theme of ‘struggling inna Babylon’ its not so much the lyric that stands out more Mark’s assured delivery coming across with a clear Sugar Minott influence on this expansive keyboard driven thudder segueing into the dub where the keys maintain a repeat figure punctuating a dub mixed with plenty of imaginative touch. The flip features the welcome return of the Scoops house brass section aka Splitz Horns with a tune that on the opening chorus veers a little close to the melody of George Michael’s ‘Careless Whisper’ before jazzy solos rescue the day and the ensuing dub raises to higher levels.

Over the years many of the reggae based bands coming out of Africa have turned out to be a disappointment, with a few majestic exceptions that is, Nigeria’s Sonny Okasun comes to mind. Soothsayers suck in African musical traditions to London’s more fusion friendly environment and find a more successful formula for the collision of afrobeat, urban jazz and dub. Nigerian vocalist/percussionist Adesose Wallace, from AfroCelt Sound System, and Netsayi Chigwendere, Zimbabwean ‘Chimurunga Soul’ singer, take majority of the vocals whilst Roots Manuva collaborator Ricki Rankin both sings and DJs on ‘Never Give Up’ – soon come remix from Manneseh. All moulded together by co-writers and producers Idris Rahman and trumpeter Robin Hopcraft this music can transfer dancefloor genres without any stress. Mad Professor is on remix duties for future singles.

Looks like something might be up on the west coast at last, with Steve ‘Mystic Urchin’ (eh?) Wilson, DJ fflood and mtfloyd recording in Jamaica, mixing down in San Francisco and mastering in Berlin all while pulling in Dub Trio’s drummer Joe Tomino, dancehall Empress Ce’cile and the talents of the criminally underrated Me’shell Ndegeocello on bass this looks like serious business. And so it turns out, although with an experimental production perhaps a little too dense for realistic dub pretensions and the mix from mtfloyd not entirely pulled out from an occasional downtempo mire. On the upside Me’shell’s basslines are a flow of pure badness especially on the mistitled ‘Moonrise Dub’ with vocals from Farenheit where she drives the whole thing, and when Joe Tomino’s drums appear a whole track can take on a shinier snappy feel – too much to expect Meshell and Joe working together though, it doesn’t happen except on the throwaway opener. These boys aren’t bashful about using a full horn section either judging by the militant blasts that open and punctuate ‘Mi Nuh Was Dat’, vocal courtesy of Tami Chin. There’s even some a couple of drifts thrown in with Haruna Madono’s treated cello on the track ‘On White River’ and fflood’s ‘Under the Thatch’.

Jungle the way it should be, chasmic bass, flagrantly ripped roots samples and tearaway breaks – there’s some debate as to the identity of the borrower here, but after circling Lemon D the consensus landed on one Dan Miracle. Those familiar with Natty Congo’s fiercer efforts, thinking of a stripped down version and will be near the mark as Johnny Osborne’s classic Studio One cut ‘Jah Promise’ from is Truth and Rights album is gutted, filleted and spread amongst a foundation d’n’b structure with the horns and vocal bouncing around in militant conqueror style. These tunes disappear in rapid fashion; best pick this one up now.

In competition with other early Jamaican sound systems Clement Dodd earned the name ‘Downbeat the Ruler’ and the popularity of his sound led directly to the creation of the Studio One label for the production of indigenous tunes to replace the dominance of American 50’s r’n’b. Good to see Heartbeat re-enter the fray and contest the title for top Studio One revivalist with the Soul Jazz people. This reissue is ‘straight to the head’ with the opening five tunes, ‘Rockfort Rock’, ‘Real Rock’, ‘Swing Easy’, ‘Mojo Rock Steady’ and ‘Heavy Rock’ forming the cornerstone upon which much of modern reggae was built. The bands featured here – Soul Vendors, Sound Dimension, Brentford Road Allstars and Dub Specialist consisted of the same group of interchangeable musicians and now can be viewed in the same critical light as say, the Meters or Booker T and the MGs.

Wang Lei is a Sichuanese musician now relocated to the more experimentation friendly city of Guangzhou in China’s southern province Guangdong. Starting his musical path with worthy studies of Sichuan opera he was distracted into rock, techno and now dub via visiting luminaries such as Rico Rodriguez and trips to France courtesy of Paris/Beijing cultural connections. His dalliance with electronic music unfortunately made Wang Lei’s music sound perversely old fashioned when taken to the west but the collaboration with nudub heavyweights High Tone has reintroduced the space that was always there in traditional Sichuanese music – such as the mighty qin, a seven string fretless flat bed instrument that can sound like the most abstract delta slide – and with the addition of non-mechanical bass textures in the mix from rubbing up to free-form reggae means there’s something a little way different happening here as evidenced by the opener ‘Tchen’ and its flute, sparse percussion and sampled strings. On the other hand Wang drags High Tone in the other direction towards greater risks and away from the dub reggae frameworks, witness ‘Ballistik Affair’ – not a cover version of Leroy Smart’s Channel One hit – with its slow progress over multiple voice samples from mainly Latin sources. The package is nicely fleshed out with a DVD edit of the two acts performing together in France from 2004.